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An Essential Nutrient T

here is far more to most things than meets the eye, the function of the human body being one of them. Most of what happens with respect to the creation and maintenance of daily life occurs outside the realm of sensory perception. Taste, hearing, sight, smell and touch help a person to experience the power and magnificence of Mother Nature, but provide little ability to comprehend the organization and function of the uni- verse. Making sense of it all comes from the realm of the mind, an ethereal part of existence with an innate desire to answer the important questions of who, what, when, where, why and how? Driven by an unquenchable thirst, mankind has continually advanced in knowledge, gradually making sense out of the seem- ingly unknowable and organizing what seems to be chaos. To be optimally healthy, a person must absorb and apply accumulated knowledge of both the seen and the unseen worlds that surround, contain and define life, especially electricity.

Starting from the ground up………

All life is composed of energy and matter. Matter is composed of elements from the periodic chart of elements. Elements are found in air, in water, and in the ground. Some of the elements are gases. Most of the elements are solid minerals (rocks). For the sake of this discussion, movement of all elements generates electricity that powers all of organic life. Minerals conduct the electricity from place to place. Minerals are required, therefore, to sustain and support all organic life. How do solid minerals get dissolved in water and get from where they are in the soil—or in the water—and flow from one place to the next, from one organ- ism to the next? The simple answer is: complex organic polymers called humic substances, which are found in soil, in lake water and in ocean water. So that the principles of humic substance can be better understood and applied, a more detailed explana- tion follows.


Minerals are either inorganic or organic. Inorganic minerals contain no carbon. Organic minerals contain the carbon element. Minerals in water or in the soil must be converted from inor- ganic rocks to organic liquid solutions in order to support and sustain organic ife. It is humic substances, also called humates, that turn inorganic minerals into organic minerals. Humates, therefore, are the bridge between inorganic and organic life. No organic life, including that of the human cell, is sustained with- out humates.

Humates are the result of biologic and chemical breakdown of dead organic matter by symbiotic microorganisms living on the hair roots of plants. Humates have several components, each with a different color, as shown in Figure 1. Humates are classi- fied according to molecular weight, carbon and oxygen content and degree of solubility at various pH levels, among other things. Each component has a specific function.

Figure 1

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